May 13, 2018 | miles 77.1 to 106.2 | Eagle Rock
Everyone says to start the hike slow before ramping up, and now I’m starting to understand why. Plantar growing in my right foot. Plantar starting in my left foot. Left knee starting to ache since I ran down the hill to Scissors Crossing rather than walking it carefully. Turns out it’s not the muscles that give out early – it’s everything. Your tendons, joints, skin – everything comes together like a well-oiled machine, and any broken pieces will give you a bad time.
I wasn’t the only one struggling; Felix was feeling the ground all too well though the bottom of his very worn out shoes, so we ended up hiking together quite a bit.
Fortunately, the day was wrapped up with some of the prettiest views to date – endless meadows of yellow grass to a backdrop of green hills that we later entered before making camp at Eagle Rock. I’ll have to come back to this section again someday.